UNC Greensboro led the entire way and held off ETSU 75-68 in a Southern Conference game Saturday at Freedom Hall.
Saturday’s 72-68 overtime victory at Mercer was the Bucs’ 16th January victory in a row over the past three seasons. Last season, nine victories during the school record-tying 16-game winning streak came in January.
East Tennessee State escaped with a 72-68 overtime victory against Mercer on Saturday. Jeromy Rodriguez had 20 points and 18 rebounds and Patrick Good made four free throws in the final 17 seconds.
The Bucs are on a five-game winning streak and if they plan to continue it, they’ll likely need more performances like the one they put together in a 96-70 victory against Chattanooga on Saturday.
Greg Dennis, the smooth-shooting 6-foot-11 center who finished his career in 1992 as ETSU’s all-time leading scorer with 2,204 points, had his jersey retired before Saturday’s game with Chattanooga.
Tray Boyd III had his second big game in a row and ETSU rolled past Chattanooga 96-70 in a Southern Conference game at Freedom Hall on Saturday.
College basketball scheduling expert Mark Adams: “The Power Five and the Big East, they schedule together. It’s a cartel. It’s collusion although it’s legal. Those teams play 88 percent of their nonconference games at home or a neutral site. That stacks all the metrics in their favor.”
When East Tennessee State men’s basketball coach Steve Forbes met with members of the media this week at Wild Wing Cafe, he offered a glimpse into the upcoming season.
East Tennessee State’s basketball teams are ready to tip off the season after the men were picked third and the women shared the role of preseason favorite in the Southern Conference coaches’ poll.
“First and foremost, they’re all graduates and that’s the most important thing. They didn’t let basketball use them. They used basketball to get a great education at East Tennessee State. Then they get the honor of making money doing something they love.”
It wasn’t exactly showtime, but the East Tennessee State men’s basketball team got to perform in front of a live audience Saturday.
The ETSU men’s basketball team opens the season Nov. 6 with a trip to Atlanta to take on Georgia State
After posting the nation’s longest winning streak at 16 games on Feb. 12, the Bucs ended the season by losing five of their last eight games.
UNC Greensboro took care of some unfinished business Monday night by defeating ETSU 62-47 in the Southern Conference final.
The East Tennessee State men’s basketball team used a lockdown defensive effort to defeat Furman 63-52 and to lock up its place in the Southern Conference tournament final.